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Best Touch-and-Feel Books for Your Baby’s Bookshelf
by Janssen Bradshaw
In her pre-child life, Janssen was an elementary school librarian. Now she stays home with her four little girls and is constantly maxing out her library card with picture books, cookbooks, and young adult novels. She’s anxiously counting down the days until her girls are old enough to read the Little House on the Prairie books. You can find Janssen over on her blog, Everyday Reading, where she celebrates modern motherhood with a practical twist.
There’s nothing quite as wonderful as a book for babies, and when that book has not only images and text but also tactile elements for your baby to explore? Well, you’ve just reached the pinnacle of board books.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect baby shower gift or a book to keep your baby entranced, these ten titles are sure to be great hits!
by Nicola Edwards, illustrated by Thomas Elliott
Introduce your child to new concepts and words with this Montessori-inspired board book. Through the highly touchable pages, babies will experience textures found in nature like rough bark, sticky honey, and fluffy wool.
by Dorothy Kunhardt
Now that those little hands aren’t putting everything directly into their mouths, it’s a good time to bring out touch-and-feel classics like Pat the Bunny. With different textures on each page, this bestseller offers a playful and engaging experience for babies.
by Ladybird, illustrated by Lemon Ribbon Studio
Get ready for bed with this adorable touch-and-feel book. Snuggle up with your baby, say goodnight to all the animals, explore the textured patches, and look through the die-cut holes. This comforting book is the perfect addition to your baby’s bedtime routine.
by Beatrix Potter
With Peter Rabbit’s world so full of energy, it seems only right to have a book where readers can explore and engage with it in a tactile way. With original Beatrix Potter illustrations, this charming book has 11 textures, from duck feathers to a tortoise shell.
by Templar Books, illustrated by Lydia Nichols
Babies that like playing peek-a-boo will get a giggle out of this clever board book. A crocodile is hiding on every page, but you’ll have to move the sliders to see it. If you like this title, you’ll also enjoy the rest of the books in the I Thought I Saw series.
Your little one might be overwhelmed by real animals that can be pretty large to a small child, but they can get a glimpse of that experience in this sweet board book that lets them pet animals to their heart’s content — no worries about nibbled fingers!
by Amelia Hepworth, illustrated by Louise Anglicas
Bright colors, a cute unicorn character, a touch-and-feel cover, and a pop-up at the end will make this a storytime favorite for your baby. Filled with magic, adventure, and silliness, this delightful board book is perfect for the tiniest unicorn lovers.
by Anna Dewdney
Are there any more beloved book characters than Llama Llama and his ever-patient Mama? In this perfectly summery book, the two spend a day at the beach, where little Llama explores everything from the sand to the water in these beautiful spreads full of interactive elements.
by Camilla Reid, illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius
If your baby loves the beach, they’ll also love this board book. With an interactive element on every page, there are plenty of things for little fingers to touch. They’ll enjoy the bright colors, the beach theme, and playing with the sliders to reveal hidden surprises.
For the child who can’t get enough of cars, boats, airplanes, and everything else that goes, this book is a dream come true — they can get up close to the myriad textures of those prized vehicles.
* Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2019 and updated in 2021.
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